The Lord is My Shepherd

A few Sundays ago, I was sick, in bed, and unable to attend Mass. Thankfully, a priest came over after Mass to bring me Communion. Not only did this priest go out of his way to bring me the Eucharist, but he also took the time to hear my confession and bless me. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a shortened Communion Service but it’s basically a mini version of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Since the Eucharist is already consecrated, it’s pretty quick. It still includes the key prayers and the Agnus Dei.

After Father said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,” I answered, like usual, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.” Oftentimes, after this, a priest will say, “Taste and see how good the Lord is,” or something to that effect before consuming the Eucharist. I’ve heard different exhortations and enjoy hearing whatever the Lord places on His priest’s heart. This particular night, Father said, “The Lord is my shepherd” and awaited my response. The words escaped my mouth simply and confidently, “there is nothing I shall want.”

It was one of those significant moments where you say something you’ve said or heard a million times, but it strikes your heart in a new way. As I said, “there is nothing I shall want,” I found a new confidence that the Lord wouldn’t leave any of my desires unfulfilled. So often, when I feel the Lord calling me to something, my mind immediately jumps to what I’ll be giving up and what I’ll have to leave behind. Recently, the Lord has been calling me to remember His words in the Gospel, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:24). When I think about all that I’ll have to give up or “lose,” I’m trying to save my life, but if I abandon everything for Jesus’ sake, I’ll discover what a rich life I am being offered. This year, I want to wake up every morning and repeat those precious words, “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”

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